New president for Europe’s independent fuel suppliers

Brian Worrall, the new UPEI president looks forward to ‘engaging more deeply on the role that independent fuel suppliers can play in the energy transition’
At its general meeting held in Bonn on 18-19 October, the UPEI membership elected Brian Worrall as president of the presiding board, taking over from acting president Thierry De Meulder. 
Director of corporate affairs for DCC/Certas Energy UK, Brian Worrall has held the office of vice president of UPEI since January 2018 with Mathias Ploetzke (MEW – Mit­tel­stän­di­sche Ener­gie­wirt­schaft Deut­sch­land) elected to Brian’s former position.
“I am delighted to take up the position of UPEI president and thank the membership for its confidence and support in this respect,” said Brian.
“I look forward to taking UPEI forward and engaging more deeply on the role that independent fuel suppliers can play in the energy transition, as well as the potential and benefits of liquid fuels in this context.
“I would like to pay tribute to my predecessors Thomas Johannsen and Thierry De Meulder and thank them for their commitment and hard work.” 

 UPEI represents European importers and wholesale/retail distributors of refined petroleum products and their alternatives, supplying Europe’s customers, independently of the major petroleum producers.
Independent suppliers, covering more than a third of Europe’s demand, play a crucial role in an evolving market by bringing competition which is vital to the economy. Their independence enables them to respond rapidly to changes in terms of market structure, products and services, contributing to security of supply on a local, regional and national level.
Yvonne Stausbøll, secretary general